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EU cool on Arab League summit over Syria, Saudi concerns

Jan. 18, 2019 7:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A month after European Union leaders prepared for a summit with Arab League nations, enthusiasm for the Feb. 24-25 meeting in Egypt is waning. EU diplomats expressed concern Friday that Syria could be invited back into the Arab League soon, and say that European leaders would be unwilling...

Treasury poised to ease sanctions tied to Russian oligarch

Jan. 17, 2019 7:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department appears set to lift sanctions on three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska despite concerns from lawmakers in both parties who say the Trump administration should be tougher on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies. Treasury's decision...

UN says chief truce monitor in Yemen safe after shooting

Jan. 17, 2019 1:37 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The head of the U.N. mission In Yemen charged with monitoring a cease-fire between rival forces in a key port city was leaving a meeting with government representatives Thursday when a U.N.-marked armored vehicle in his convoy was hit with one round of small arms fire, the spokesman for...

Saudi women runaways rebel against system of male control

Jan. 17, 2019 9:15 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Another Saudi woman has turned to social media for protection from her father, just days after Canada granted refuge to Rahaf al-Qunun, the 18-year-old Saudi who fled her family. Identified only as Nojoud al-Mandeel on Twitter, her case differs from that of al-Qunun. She...

Human Rights Watch: Global pushback against autocrats grows

Jan. 17, 2019 5:26 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The world is seeing growing resistance against the abuses of autocrats as states, civic groups and popular movements all push back against populists who are seeking to curtail freedoms, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. In its annual assessment of rights around the world, the advocacy group...

Crisis infects soccer tournament as Qatar faces Saudi Arabia

Jan. 16, 2019 4:06 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Traveling to the Asian Cup should have been a simple flight lasting barely an hour for Qatar's soccer players. Instead, it involved a circuitous route to the United Arab Emirates via Kuwait, lasting more than five hours. The journey demonstrates how the Persian Gulf...

UN authorizes monitoring of Yemen cease-fire in key port

Jan. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize a U.N. mission to monitor implementation of a cease-fire and the withdrawal of rival forces from Yemen's key port of Hodeida agreed to by the government and Houthi Shiite rebels. The agreement, if fully implemented,...

Some in GOP split with White House on Russia sanctions

Jan. 15, 2019 7:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost a dozen Senate Republicans broke with the White House Tuesday on Russia, voting to move forward on a resolution that would maintain sanctions on companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska. The Democratic resolution would stop the Treasury Department from lifting penalties against...

Saudi teen says wants to work for freedom for women

Jan. 15, 2019 5:17 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — A Saudi teen whose flight from her allegedly abusive family captured global attention said Tuesday she wants to work in support of freedom for women around the world for years to come. Rahaf Mohammed also has quickly embraced life in Canada, saying that when she learned she would be granted...

Saudi refugee in Canada expects more women to flee homeland

Jan. 14, 2019 10:55 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Saudi woman accepted as a refugee in Canada has said in an Australian television interview that she expected her experience would inspire other women to flee her homeland. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, told Australian Broadcasting Corp. in an interview recorded in Toronto and...